About Apprenticeship



Apprenticeship – our mutual path to success!

What is an apprenticeship?

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Apprenticeship is one of the forms of organizing vocational education and training. An apprenticeship aims to prepare person for a specific type of job while meeting a company’s need for highly skilled employees. It is a model that combines on-the-job training and paid work, meaning person receives a wage throughout the training.

Vocational education and training in the form of an apprenticeship may be applied to at least 1 module of a formal or non-formal VET programme or for 2 months or more. The duration of an individual’s apprenticeship varies according to the possibilities of the vocational education and training provider. Apprentices may be new hires or current employees who need to upgrade their skills.

The aim of apprenticeship is to achieve faster economic and social inclusion, increase the economic results, productivity and competitiveness of the country's economy through vocational education and training with the participation of the employer and matching labour market demand and supply.


Apprenticeships encompass a wide variety of career paths. While they continue to be an effective training strategy in industries such as manufacturing and construction, apprenticeships are also available in fast-growing industries such as information technology, health care, energy, transportation and logistics.

Apprenticeship is one of the forms of organizing vocational education and training

In Lithuania, VET can be organized at school and in the form of apprenticeship, you can compare them.

Vocational education and training in the form of an apprenticeship must take place at least 70% of the time in the real workplace.

Time spent in a VET institution varies from 20% to 30%.

The following principles must be observed when organizing apprenticeships:

When accepting apprenticeships / concluding an apprenticeship contract, give the highest priority to those who already have a qualification (vocational / higher education).

Apply the form of organizing apprenticeships to adults studying in vocational training institutions. Ensure flexible "migration" between forms of learning for these individuals.

Apprenticeship should not be applied to minors who are learning the profession along with basic or secondary education program.

Vocational education and training organized at a school must take place at least 0% of the time in the real workplace.
Up to 90% of time spent in a VET institution.
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The following principles must be observed when organizing school-based teaching:

When accepting apprenticeships / concluding an apprenticeship contract, give the highest priority to those who already have a qualification (vocational / higher education).

Apply the form of organizing apprenticeships to adults studying in vocational training institutions. Ensure flexible "migration" between forms of learning for these individuals.

Apprenticeship should not be applied to minors who are learning the profession along with basic or secondary education program.

Benefits of work-based learning for society/state

Positive effect on economic and social impact

Better quality and cooperation between VET learners and employers

Flexibility in system

 

 Learners

First working experience which facilitates entry to the labor market

Salary and scholarship

(More) informed career choices

Learning and working at the same time

Employers

Positive impact on supply of qualified labour

WBL brings employers and students together

WBL brings lower recruitment cost for employer

 

VET providers

Improved attractiveness of VET

Better cooperation between VET schools and businesses

Gathering feedback from employers about working with academic programmes